The Greatest White Hope Moments in Sports History

4. Dwight Clark's "The Catch"

Date: 1/10/1982

The Mount Rushmore of white wide receivers features guys who ran the 40-yard-dash in a little over five seconds, but rarely shied away from a debilitating concussion over the middle. Those in-routes are crucial for first downs and these guys could move the sticks. The monument's surefire George Washington is 49ers legend Dwight Clark. 

With 51 seconds remaining in the '82 NFC Championship Game, 49ers quarterback Joe Montana found a leaping Clark in the back of the end zone. The touchdown lifted San Francisco to a one point win over Dallas and sent them to Super Bowl XVI. But perhaps most importantly, he became a symbol of hope. 

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